July 27, 2013
That said, there was not enough Fuzzy in this film.
Pretty generic b-western for the period, but hey, that's not a bad thing. These films can be addicting!
April 7, 2005
The emergence of "Fuzzy" Q. Jones
An unwritten law in B-Westerns demanded that a heroine's father could never be involved in anything nefarious or illegal. If he nevertheless turned out to be -- as in "Outlaws of Boulder Pass'" Karl Hackett -- he would by necessity prove to be the girl's foster-father. This "Lone Rider" entry is one of those cheap little PRC oaters that are very hard to dislike despite less than steady camerawork, slip-shod direction and sub-par production values. George Houston, an operatic baritone, may not be everyone's idea of a cowboy hero, but he looks solid enough on a horse and his warbling is used mostly for comedic purposes. As when villainous I. Stanford Jolley's would-be romantic overtures to lovely Marjorie Manners are interrupted by a full throttle rendition of Johnny Lange & Lew Porter's "The Grass is Always Greener in Sunshine Valley." Like most of the PRC Westerns -- from "The Lone Rider" musical gallopers through the Buster Crabbe "Billy the Kids" to the "Lash" LaRue oaters -- enjoyment depends largely on your tolerance of wiry sidekick St. John, whose "Fuzzy Q. Jones" character was developed in "The Lone Rider" series (1941-1943).